Mago Academy is happy to announce the first Online Mago Festival and seeks creative works (mandala, mantra, mudra, and crafts) that depict or symbolize the Goddess Triad, the Nine Goddesses/Maidens or the Nine Mago Creatrix (the Triad Mother and HER Eight Daughters).
How to Participate
Free of charge as a practice of the Gift Economy advocated by Genevieve Vaughan. One can register and participate in the following three-fold way (Participant, Prize-Donor, and/or Visitor). Join the virtual village of Online Mago Festival (Facebook Group), no registration is required during these nine days.One can go Live Video on the spot and share your blessings! Introduce yourself as one of the following three categories: Participant, Prize-Doner, and/or Visitor.
(1) As Participant, you can upload the image(s) of your work (mandala, mudra or craft) in jpg or video file before or during the nine days (Dec. 13/14-21/22). One may post multiple works.
(2) As Prize-Donor, you can upload the image of your prizes including your books (print and/or electronic), tickets to workshops, events or goods. You may choose participants that you would like to award your prizes by commenting on the presented symbol. Describe the method of delivering your prizes upon choosing your awardee in the Comments. Any prize whose awardee remain undesignated until the end, Dec. 22 midnight PST, will be handled by the Administrative Circle.
Use this opportunity to introduce and promote your work (your sales information of products that aligns with Goddess feminist activism can be included).
(3) As Visitor, you are encouraged to connect and support Presenters and Prize-Donors by commenting and making suggestions under the relevant posts.
(4) As Visitor, you may like to post about your own works with regards to the topics presented by daily programs. It is not mandatory but you are encouraged to share your available resources with others or pay them forward who are in need of them.
Day 2 (Dec. 14/15)
Four Days to go! We are heading to the New Year of Year 1 (5915 Mago Era) on December 18, 2017.
Maya Dren and the Goddess Presented by Dr. Lila Moore
Female Icons I Presented by Max Dashu
I Am A Circle Podcast Anique Radient Hearth Presented by BJ Long
Tree of Life Sung by Genevieve Vaughan
Maya Dren and the Goddess
Presented by Dr. Lila Moore
Online classes on Maya Deren and the Goddess and the theme of (personal) transformations Introduction to First Encounter With Dr Lila Moore.
Dr Lila Moore is an artist film-maker, screen choreographer, networked performance and ritual practitioner, lecturer and theorist. She holds a practice-based Ph.D. degree in Dance on Screen (2001) from Middlesex University and an M.A in Independent Film from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London. She has been teaching courses in Cinema, Religion and Contemporary Spiritualities , Film and Ritual as well as Spiritual Art as part of BA and MA programmes in Mysticism and Spirituality at Zefat Academic College, UNESCO programmes, and other pioneering , multicultural educational settings. Dr Moore is the founder of the Cybernetic Futures Institute, an online academy for the study and creative exploration of technoetic arts, and the spiritual in screen dance and film. It is based on her post-doctoral project at the Planetary Collegium of Plymouth University. The courses and workshops take place online and in London, UK.
Female Icons I
Presented by Max Dashu
These ancient female figurines are the world’s original spiritual art, in all its diversity and its deep continuities and resonances. Ancestral mothers and goddesses are missing from most accounts of history and religion. See the Female Icons page on the Suppressed Histories site for more information, articles, and for the Female Icons, Ancestral Mothers posters created by Max Dashu.
Max Dashu founded the Suppressed Histories Archives in 1970 to research global women’s history across the full spectrum of the world’s peoples. She has built a collection of 40,000 slides and digital images and created 130 slideshows on female cultural heritages, especially Indigenous traditions. Her legendary slideshows bring to light female realities usually hidden from view, from ancient female figurines to women leaders, priestesses, clan mothers, and philosophers, to warriors and rebels, all with attention to patterns of conquest and domination. Dashu has been presenting her visual talks for 44 years, first at grassroots women’s and community centers, then universities and conferences, and now internationally. She also teaches via webcasts and online courses. Her daily posts on the Suppressed Histories Facebook page are followed by 163,000 people.
Dashu’s book Witches and Pagans: Women in European Folk Religion, 700-1000 was published by Veleda Press in 2016. It is Vol. VII of the 15-volume series Secret History of the Witches. Pythias, Melissae and Pharmakides, on women’s spiritual cultures in Greece and the Aegean, is Vol II (forthcoming in 2018). Deasophy: Coloring Book of Goddesses .:. Spirits.:. Ancestors (Veleda, 2017) features 50 icons from around the world, with Max’s drawings and commentary.
I Am A Circle Podcast Anique Radient Hearth
Presented by BJ Long
Anique Radiant Heart is a leader in the Goddess Tradition in Australia and around the world. She joins I am a Circle and talks about the significance of honouring and reclaiming Goddess energy and tending the hearth particularly now in this point of history. The signs are there it is time.
BJ performs Sacred Physical-esque Theatre to Women in Sacred Circle. As a performer and Workshop facilitator (Women Finding Their Own Voice) BJ encourages Maidens, Mothers and Crones to gather in Sacred Circle: the intention to remember, honour the ancestors, tend the hearth, and awaken to the Healing of the Matriarchal Line…. In September 2016 her new play, ‘I am a Circle…Part 1: the Yggdrasil’ premiered at Vulcana Womens Circus’ home at The Powerhouse in Brisbane. In that year BJ was also honoured to perform for the Goddess Australia Conference Sydney and Earth Circles Studio Bundaberg. In 2017 BJ recently opened both The Goddess Rising LA and the Goddess Australia Conferences with her performance. She continued her journey to a yurt in Carmel Valley, LA California and amazing spaces in Seattle, Boston and on the banks of Geneva Lake Northern Ontario Canada. In South Australian she continued her ‘I am a Circle’ work for Goddess Rising in Adelaide and for The Women of the Riverland, outside Renmark, on a bend of The Great Murray River. Other Australian hosting venues included Welcome to The Big House in Pinbarren, a magnificent retreat in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, Pallet Life in Maleny, Monto , Central Queensland and Newmarket in Brisbane. In 2018 she continues performing around Australia and in March is a guest at the Being Woman Conference in Queensland. Her ‘I am a Circle’ Podcasts are released weekly on soundcloud where in conversation with women from around the world BJ poses the question “What inspires Your Divine feminine Creative Energy?” Trained at NIDA as an Actor (1979) and Voice Specialist (1991)…BJ has worked in theatre companies all over Australia. As a Speaker Mentor and in her business VoiceBloom: BJ has created a unique modality of work called VIBE and awakens participants to the release of their inner communicator through the alignment of their Voice, Intellect, Intuition, Body and Emotion & (Spirit). As a Visionary Artist she has completed her third exhibition called ‘Dreaming into Being’ in Brisbane. BJ’s ongoing facilitation of Sacred Circles, her VIBE mentoring, passion for mythological storytelling in her modality called Sacred Physical-esque Theatre and her connection to the Visionary Art process are all inspiration for the ‘I am a Circle’ message. BJ shares the ancient chant: ‘I am a Circle I am Healing You. You are a Circle You are Healing Me’ with women everywhere. (BJ is open to connecting with women from around the world to interview and hosts for I am a Circle events) Connect with BJ if you are interested in more information, hosting events etc on FaceBook @ I am a Circle voicebloom.com.au
Tree of Life
Sung by Genevieve Vaughan
Life form patenting is a little know issue in the US though there is a growing movement against it abroad. Corporations in the Global North can now patent species and their variations which originate in the Global South and have been nurtured for centuries by the Southern populations. Privatizing and commodifying species takes them away from the public good to create profit for a few. This new form of colonization is supported by international laws presently being forged under pressure by the US.
Genevieve Vaughan (b. Texas 1939) has been working on the idea of a maternal gift economy and culture for more than 40 years. She created the international, multicultural all-women activist Foundation for a Compassionate Society based in Austin, Texas (1987-2005), one continuing project of which is the Temple of the Goddess Sekhmet in Cactus Springs, Nevada, (1992-present). She also initiated a network: International Feminists for a Gift Economy (2001- present). Her books: For-Giving, a Feminist Criticism of Exchange (1997), Homo Donans, (2006), and two anthologies: Il Dono, the Gift: a Feminist Perspective (2004) and Women and the Gift Economy, a Radically Different Worldview is Possible (2008)and much other material can be downloaded free from her website: www.gift-economy.com. She is presently working on a book about gift giving in language.
The Nine Goddess/Mago iconography is indeed an old one, pre-patriarchal in origin, found across cultures and periods. By regenerating it in our time, we invoke the power of the Primordial Mother, the Nine Mago Creatrix, from whom everything is derived, salvific in nature. Through the Nine Goddess Symbol we create, we visualize and enact cross-cultural (pre-patriarchal in origin) unity of people that restores peace and self-healing among the terrestrial community of the Great Goddess. Most urgently, by summoning the Reality of WE/HER/NOW (Gynocentric Reality) that originates from the Great Goddess, the Nine Mago Creatrix, we debunk the derivative and corrupted nature of patriarchal cultures and cleanse its contaminations on all levels collectively.
Where gynocentric culture prevails, there perforce takes place sharing and blessing of all in WE. Reviving the Nine Mago Symbol in our time requires a befitting context, which is non-patriarchal, non-capitalist, and non-hierarchical in principle. Mago Academy aims at channeling a time/space for sharing our gifts and resources in a non-exchange economic mode. The Mago Festival reminds of us that WE/HERE/NOW is the gift of the Nine Mago Creatrix, given for free to all in WE.
If you are an artist, poet, or creative person of any medium, please give some thought on this. One can make a visual representation on the Nine Muses, Nine forms of Durga, Nine Matrikas, Nine-snake-headed Medusa, Nine-headed Guanyin, Guanyin with nine dragons, eight armed Goddesses and/or one’s own encounter with the symbol of Goddess and the number nine (see below the slide images on these Goddess icons.)
A New Beginning is always with us in OUR Mago Time/Space, WE/HERE/NOW, wherein all beings spiral a cyclic journey in tune with all other beings. The coming December Solstice of 2017 (the Gregorian year) marks a very special new beginning, however. For we count it as Year 1 of the revived Magoist Calendar, 13 Month 28 Day gynocentric calendar, or 5915 Mago Era since the foundation of Danguk, a pre-patriarchal confederacy of nine sub-states, in 3898 BCE by the Goddess Goma. For more details about the Magoist Calendar, see Mago Almanac: 13 Month 28 Day Calendar (Book A).
“Geometry and the human image were originally two expressions of the same divine image – the body of the universe. Number emerges from sensory matter. To the ancients, number was always founded in real and concrete human experience, and did not possess abstract universality, or “objectivity” … Pythagoras, like mathematicians after him, came to believe that mathematics is not just a language describing Nature, but in inherent in nature. “All things are numbers.” “Numbers are the first principle, indeed the very elements of the things of Nature.” (Barbara Mor and Monica Sjoo)
“The menstruant kept time with her seclusions, and women kept number on their bodies. They taught us what time it is, and how to think proportionately; they taught us how to connect events together, to add them up. They taught us the power of the essential metaphor implicit in the connective word, “and.” They also taught us where in the world we are.” (Judy Grahn)
Above from Helen Hye-Sook Hwang’s “INTRODUCING MAGOIST CALENDAR: ORIGINAL BLESSING OF THE WOMB TIME” in Celebrating Seasons of the Goddess, edited by Helen Hye-Sook Hwang and Mary Ann Beavis (Lytle Creek, CA: Mago Books, 2017)
Support Collective Writing Project Books
She Rises: Why Goddess Feminism, Activism, and Spirituality? Volume 1 (Mago Books, 2015)
She Rises: How Goddess Feminism, Activism, and Spirituality? Volume 2 (Mago Books, 2016)
She Rises: What Goddess Feminism, Activism, and Spirituality? Volume 3 (CFC open, forthcoming, 2018-9)
Celebrating Seasons of the Goddess (Mago Books, 2017)